Devon Teuscher, a principal dancer with the renowned American Ballet Theater company, returns to Vermont to dance in two performances of Vermont Ballet Theater’s “The Nutcracker.” PHOTO: NYC Dance Project

An Enchanting Fantasy: ABT Principal Devon Teuscher Returns Home

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Thursday December 14, 2017

Vermont Ballet Theater (VBT) returns for their 13th season with their full length production of “The Nutcracker” December 16 and 17 at the Flynn Center for the Performing Arts in Burlington. This year’s production features American Ballet Theater principal dancer Devon Teuscher in two of VBT’s four performances. Teuscher, a VBT alumnus whose hometown is South Burlington, returns to Vermont to dance the iconic role of the Sugar Plum Fairy. Gia Kourlas of The New York Times describes Teuscher as “a poet in ballet shoes” and “the complete package, a mixture of astonishing technique, grandeur and ease.”

Teuscher, whose family resides in South Burlington, attended middle school and the first year and a half of high in South Burlington before moving to New York City at the age of fifteen to further her ballet training.

“I am thrilled to be coming home to Vermont to perform in Vermont Ballet Theatre’s production of The Nutcracker. These shows are going to be especially meaningful to me, because this is the first time I am returning to Vermont to perform since becoming a professional ballet dancer. It is very exciting to be returning to a place that was so influential to me as a young dance student. I hope during my homecoming of sorts to inspire other young dancers to continue to dream big,” said Teuscher. 

VBT Artistic Director Alexander Nagiba choreographed the ballet, which is danced to Tchaikovsky’s beloved score, one of the composer’s most famous compositions. “The Nutcracker” follows the delightful adventures of Clara and the Nutcracker Prince as they conquer the evil Mouse King and travel on a mystical journey to The Land of Sweets where the enchanting Sugar Plum Fairy reigns.

Teushcer’s repertoire with the American Ballet Theater Company includes the dual part of Odette/Odile in “Swan Lake,” Polyhymnia in “Apollo,” and Myrta in “Giselle.” In addition, Teuscher created the Fairy Candide in Alexei Ratmansky’s “The Sleeping Beauty” and will be dancing leading roles in ABT’s 2018 performances of “Her Notes” and “Serenade after Plato’s Symposium.”

Teushcer dances as the Sugar Plum Fairy for two VBT performances, Saturday evening, December 16, at 7 p.m., and Sunday matinee, December 17, at 1 p.m. She will be joined by Chase Finlay, principal dancer with New York City Ballet, as her Cavalier.